Well, here we are—a brand new year. Time to make a new plan. Are you where you want to be in your writing endeavors? You’ll read a lot of blog posts advising you to evaluate the year just past and plan for the new one. Mentors often say, “Decide where you want to go and make your plan to get there.”
Making your plan for the new year.
The Book of Proverbs has something to say about planning.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
As we plan, let’s seek to know God’s purpose for our writing. We can accomplish this by:
- Praying daily about our writing projects and desires.
- Reading and studying the Bible for inspiration and examples.
- Networking with other writers to learn from their experiences.
Be open to changes in the plan.
Usually, planning involves setting goals and developing objectives to accomplish those goals. That’s the way business leaders do it. But, writers are creative, and sometimes business-like planning does not work for artists. Inspiration doesn’t always come when we want it to. Often, a revelation will strike at the most peculiar time.
Remember the adage, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.” For an excellent example, check out Jim Watkins’ testimony about his most recent book. He had an idea that “someone” should write this book. And it turned out that the “someone” was Jim himself.
Commit your plan to God’s care.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3 (NIV).
Readers, do you have any pointers to share on planning for writers. Comment on this post and let us know.
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